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Estes Valley Rec & Park District Seeks Public Participation For Stanley Park Master Plan Public Forum #3

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The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD) is conducting a Stanley Park Master Plan Study, and wants to hear from all community residents, business owners, sports groups, and any other interested parties. EVRPD will be hosting public meeting #3 on Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will be hosted at the Town of Estes Park Municipal Building in Rooms 202 and 203 (170 MacGregor Avenue, Estes Park). After-hours access for the 6:30 PM meeting will be through the east entrance of the Municipal Building (accessed from the back parking lot). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Stanley Park is physically located at 380 Community Drive in Estes Park, CO and is home to a blend of users including outdoor sports, open space, free play, and passive park users. The park encompasses approximately 27 acres and includes two softball fields; one baseball field; six tennis courts; two group picnic shelters; a dog park; an indoor gun and archery range; two outdoor basketball courts; an in-line hockey rink; an above ground skate park. The park also has a modular building that is used as a youth center; a playground area with two separate age-appropriate play structures; one building that includes an office, concession area, and restrooms; and four poorly defined parking areas (two paved and two unpaved). Stanley Park has areas that are developed, partially developed, and undeveloped. EVRPD serves as the managing partner, via an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Estes Park, to provide parks and recreation services at Stanley Park.

EVRPD is excited to partner with the Estes Park School District R-3 on this project. The Estes Park School District R-3 has included additional property in the planning scope of this project: the practice field area near the Estes Park Observatory, the property located from Brodie Avenue to the east below the varsity game field area adjacent to Fish Creek Trail, and the piece of property located between the old primary school building and the high school vehicle entrance. “We are working with the Town of Estes Park and the Estes Park School District to provide an overview of this entire area for a multitude of reasons; with a few of them being safe routes to and from the park and schools as well as the Stanley Fairgrounds area and the facilities that are located there, utilization of our combined resources to their fullest potential, and an overall community campus concept,” said EVRPD Executive Director, Skyler Rorabaugh.

The District has been working with a nationally-known landscape architecture firm, Design Concepts, whose home office is in Lafayette, CO, to oversee the Stanley Park Master Plan Study process. Design Concepts and EVRPD have been working hard with our key stakeholders and focus groups as well as our community to establish a master plan that will serve our entire community and our visitors parks and recreation interests at Stanley Park. We have hosted two key stakeholder meetings since our March 14 public forums. We received a wide variety of public input and feedback at these public forums, perhaps the most interesting forum being the one hosted at the school district with the students. The overall top three priorities that were found within our public outreach were to establish a better parking and concession area (plaza area), provide better connectivity between adjacent facilities, and install synthetic turf.

From the stakeholder meetings and the public meeting input three conceptual plans were developed for the park. These three concepts were then presented at a key stakeholder meeting on April 11. The stakeholder/staff response was in favor of a combination of the three plans that were presented. In result of this input a final proposed conceptual plan was developed and presented to EVRPD staff and key stakeholders on May 23. Design Concepts will take the feedback from the May 23 meeting and establish a more refined final proposed conceptual plan at our June 13 meeting for public input and feedback. “This is a community project for a community park. EVRPD welcomes any and all public input for your Stanley Park Master Plan!” said Recreation Manager, Gregg Farmer.

EVRPD welcomes any and all public input for your Stanley Park Master Plan! The final master plan will be presented at a July 25, 2013 meeting for our entire community to view.

Any questions regarding the Stanley Park Master Plan Study or the public meeting can be directed to Estes Valley Recreation and Park District Recreation Manager, Gregg Farmer, at (970) 586.8191 ext. 5 or gregg@evrpd.com.

 

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